Oakland A's MLN: Notes From Around The System

It was a down day in the Oakland A's system. The big league team and three of the four affiliates found themselves in the loss column. We have details on the minor-league games and on a number of moves that have been made throughout the system over the past few days...

Roster Moves

Over the past several days, there have been a number of moves throughout the Oakland A's system. Below is a summary of those moves:

* With Travis Buck's status with Triple-A Sacramento changing from rehab to regular member of the roster, another outfielder had to be moved off of the River Cats' roster. Nick Blasi was the odd man out, as he was sent down to Double-A Midland. Blasi hit better than .300 for the River Cats in 2007, but he was off to a slow start with Sacramento in 2008. In 28 games with the River Cats, Blasi was hitting only .238 with two RBIs and two walks. In two games with Midland, he has two hits in six at-bats and an RBI.

* Making room for Blasi in Midland was outfielder Mike Massaro, who was sent to High-A Stockton. Massaro hit .268 in 24 games with four RBIs for Midland. It was the centerfielder's first exposure to Double-A. He spent the past two seasons with Low-A Kane County. He has yet to appear in a game with Stockton.

* Sacramento also lost two of their left-handed pitchers this week. The organization released southpaw reliever Troy Cate on Monday. He had a 7.27 ERA in 17.1 innings with the River Cats. Cate was a non-roster invitee to major league spring training this year after signing with the A's as a minor league free agent in the off-season. The River Cats also lost left-handed starter Danny Borrell, who was moved to the DL with elbow inflammation. Borrell began the year with Double-A Midland and posted a 7.71 ERA in seven innings with the Rockhounds. He has pitched much better with the River Cats, posting a 3-1 record and a 3.64 ERA in five starts.

* There was some shifting on the Kane County roster over the past few days. Third baseman Christian Vitters (shoulder strain) and outfielder Adam Klein (sprained ankle) have landed on the DL. Outfielder Mike Lissman returned from the DL and catcher Jonathan Johnston returned from his military duty. Infielder Carlos Arrieche was added to the Kane County roster from extended spring training. He had a double in his debut with the Cougars on Tuesday. Catcher Gustavo Rosendo was promoted to High-A Stockton, although the catcher has yet to appear in a game for the Ports.

Other News And Notes

* Sacramento was the only A's team to earn a win on Tuesday. The River Cats used a two-out RBI hit by Joe Gaetti in the top of the ninth inning to give Sacramento a 4-3 lead. Brad Ziegler, who has been a shut-down reliever this season for the River Cats, worked a quick bottom of the frame to earn his fourth save of the year. Ziegler struck-out two. Brad Kilby earned the win with a scoreless eighth. He also struck-out two. Starter Gio Gonzalez pitched around some shoddy defense and worked six solid innings. He allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits and four walks. He struck-out four. Travis Buck and Landon Powell led the way offensively with two hits apiece. Buck is now batting .282 for Sacramento.

* Starter Andrew Bailey was working on a strong outing before running into trouble in the seventh inning of his start against Frisco. Bailey had allowed three runs in 6.2 innings before a bout of wildness knocked him out of the game with the bases-loaded and two-outs. All three of those runners would come across to score, with two of them counting as earned runs on Bailey's ledger. He walked five and struck-out five in his outing. Catcher Anthony Recker hit his second homerun of the season, a two-run shot, while Myron Leslie and Jon Zeringue added doubles for the Rockhounds. Aaron Cunningham added two hits to up his average to .326 since recovering from a broken wrist.

* The "one bad inning" bit Stockton lefty Brett Anderson on Tuesday, as well. Anderson was touched-up in the third inning of his outing for five hits, a wild pitch and a walk, which all added up to five runs. In his other 3.2 innings of work, Anderson allowed no runs, three hits and three walks, while striking out five. Stockton was limited to only three runs in the 5-3 loss to Lake Elsinore. Chris Carter (11) and Jermaine Mitchell (3) both homered, while Archie Gilbert doubled to up his hitting streak to 25 games.

* Kane County starter Scott Mitchinson was brilliant, but Cedar Rapids starter Jordan Walden was even better, as the Cougars fell by a score of 2-0. Mitchinson allowed only one run on four hits in seven innings. He struck-out seven and walked one to lower his ERA to 2.29. Leonardo Espinal allowed a run in his two innings of relief. The game was delayed by nearly two hours because of lightening and rain in the Chicagoland-area. Walden allowed only one hit and one walk in his six innings. Kane County had three hits in the game, one each from Carlos Arrieche, Walter Correa and Jake Smith.

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